As part of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) commitment to broaden participation in computing (BPC), a number of NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) programs now require PIs to have a meaningful broadening participation in computing (BPC) plan at time of award. Computing departments are encouraged to develop departmental BPC plans that faculty can use in their proposals submitted to these NSF programs.

To support departments developing a Departmental BPC Plan, the Computing Research Association (CRA) will host a series of free workshops funded by NSF. The first two workshops in this series were held virtually on July 13-14, 2020, and August 6-7, 2020. A follow-up day for July and August participants was held on August 13, 2020.

To Apply:

Please check back later for more information on the next workshop in this series.

 

BPC Plan Workshop Series Steering Committee

Nancy Amato

Nancy Amato

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tracy Camp

Tracy Camp

Colorado School of Mines

Ronald Metoyer

Ronald Metoyer

University of Notre Dame

Mary Hall

Mary Hall

University of Utah

General Logistics

This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees will be provided information on how to join the workshop via email after the application closes and the attendee list is finalized. 

Technical requirements for joining the workshop can be found here: https://bit.ly/37PaD1e

CRA will provide ASL interpreters and closed captioning upon request. Please submit your request in the workshop application. If you have any questions, please contact us at bpcinfo@cra.org.

 

CRA Code of Conduct

CRA is committed to uniting industry, academia, and government to advance computer science research to positively impact the world. Key to this commitment is increasing the success and participation of computing researchers. CRA recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every individual and group to contribute to its mission. CRA embraces and encourages diversity and inclusion.

To achieve its mission, CRA provides a safe and welcoming environment, free from discrimination and harassment, for all participants in all CRA sponsored activities. Participants include, but are not limited to, attendees, sponsored attendees, guests, speakers, CRA staff, external vendors, sponsors, CRA board members, CRA committee members, CRA committee board members, faculty mentors, and student mentees. CRA sponsored activities include, but are not limited to, its workshops, conferences, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, board meetings, CRA’s work environment, all ancillary social gatherings, and on-line communications, including email and social media, and verbal communications to organize or otherwise contribute to these activities.

All CRA activity participants are required to treat each other with respect in all their behavior, e.g., speech, actions, and on-line communications.  CRA prohibits discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior at CRA activities includes, but is not limited to

Discrimination  Any behavior that discriminates, abuses, offends, or denigrates other participants based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, appearance, political affiliation, religion, veteran status,  or any other personal characteristic or identity.

Sexual and Physical Harassment  Any unwelcome verbal, physical, conduct of a sexual nature, or conduct of a perceived sexual nature. For example, propositions, comments on physical appearance, offensive sexual comments, promises of favors for sexual activity, physical threats, touching, sexual assault, physical assault, and displaying of sexual images.

Harassment  Any behavior directed at individuals that intimidates, abuses, offends, disrupts, denigrates, creates psychological, physical or physiological fear, bullies, stalks, records, or in any way interferes with these individuals’ participation or responsibilities at CRA activities.

Retaliation  Any harassment directed at individuals who report or bear witness to violations or investigations of potential violations of the CRA Code of Conduct, or falsely reporting violations of the CRA Code of Conduct.

Be thoughtful in all your communications.  “Having no intent to offend” and “joking” do not make unacceptable behavior acceptable.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Participations in CRA activities is considered a privilege, not a right. CRA reserves the right to:

  • remove individuals from any CRA activity without warning and without reimbursing or refunding meeting participation costs;
  • prohibit individuals from participating in future CRA activities;
  • remove individuals from CRA leadership positions; and
  • prevent individuals from deriving benefits from CRA activities.
In addition, if it comes to CRA’s attention that someone is under investigation or has been judged by their home institution or any legal body for actions and/or behavior outside of CRA sponsored activities that do not align with the intents and purposes of the CRA code of conduct, CRA may temporarily or permanently apply these consequences.
 

Reporting of and Responses to Unacceptable Behavior
Targets of unacceptable behavior should first take appropriate actions to ensure their immediate safety.

Targets of unacceptable behavior should contact CRA staff and designated participants in person at on-going CRA activities or by phone or email. CRA will post the designated people and contact information for each CRA activity and additional details on reporting at this website.  These designated individuals may take immediate action on verbal reports of unacceptable behavior, such as removing an individual who may have violated the code of conduct from the CRA activity.

Targets and witnesses of unacceptable behavior are encouraged to file a formal complaint with CRA using the designated process.

CRA requests all participants to act if you notice a dangerous situation and to report violations of this code of conduct.

 

Please check back later for more updates.

Note: the below content was used for the August workshop, August 6-7, 2020 and Follow-Up day, August 13, 2020. Please check back later for more updates.

Before Workshop Days 1 & 2 (August 6-7, 2020)

We recommend that you prepare for Workshop Days 1 & 2 in the following ways:

1. Create a list of current BPC activities happening in your department

Past participants found it helpful to request department members to add current BPC activities (activity title/description, contact info) to a shared spreadsheet. Example spreadsheet (make a copy)

Email template: We ([participant names]) are attending a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) workshop to create a Departmental BPC Plan. We want to document our existing BPC activities. Please contribute to [document link]. These BPC activities might include curriculum and pedagogy, building community, data and evaluation, departmental policies, BPC learning, outreach, recruiting, or expanding research opportunities.

2. Identify institution resources for BPC or inclusive teaching

Many campuses have teaching and learning centers or diversity offices that can provide training or other resources. Consider emailing the diversity office to see if they could provide support for your Departmental BPC Planning process.

3. Gather relevant demographic data

Your Departmental BPC Plan will eventually document the demographics of your department, campus, and geographic region. You can begin by collecting data about your computing graduates and K-12 students in your state (https://bpcnet.org/statistics). More resources are available here: https://bpcnet.org/resources-one-page/#data-evaluation

 

Before Workshop Day 3 (August 13, 2020)

We recommend that you prepare for Workshop Day 3 in the following ways:

1. Register for Day 3

All participants of the July and August BPC Plan Workshops will receive a zoom registration link for Day 3 of the workshop (August 13, 2020). Please check your email to find the link.

2. Share your BPC Plan Draft

All participants of the July and August BPC Plan Workshops will receive a link to a Google Drive folder. Use this folder to submit your draft plan or outline of your plan. Please label the draft plan file as “[Institution] [Department] Draft Plan”. While we highly encourage you to share your draft, it is not required.

3. Check out the BPC Plan Consultancy Page

CRA and BPCnet are pleased to offer a new, free consultancy service that provides the opportunity for departments and Project PIs to schedule a time with a BPC expert to receive specific feedback on the current version of their Departmental BPC Plan or Project BPC Plan. 

This opportunity is available to every member of the computing community who is working on a BPC Plan. 

  • While it is not required, we recommend that you send the current draft of your BPC Plan to your consultant when you make an appointment. You can do this through the appointment system.
  • You can make 30 – 60 min long appointments and schedule follow-up appointments.

For more information about this service, email bpcinfo@cra.org

To schedule a time with a BPC Plan Expert, visit the following link: https://go.oncehub.com/BPCPlanConsulting

CRA and BPCnet thank the National Science Foundation for their generous funding of this consultancy service.

 

If you have any questions, please contact bpcinfo@cra.org for more information.